Genres:Horror Sub-Genres:Horror Studio:Mvd Visual Format:DVD - Black and White DVD Release Date: 12/31/1969 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1933 Release Year: 1969 Screens: Black and White Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 7 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"I am getting sick of looking at that stupid "Release date to be announced: The release date for this video has not been finalized." Is it ever going to be finalized? Before long, we will be going into the second year of looking at that stupid ad without being able to purchase the DVD! I would like to say something good about the film, but I won't until I can buy it."
Charles Laughton in one of the best Thirties horror films
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 09/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Island of Lost Souls," the 1932 adaptation of H. G. Wells' "Island of Dr. Moreau," features Charles Laughton in one of the best mad scientist performances you are going to find. This is not the ranting mad genius personified by Colin Clive in "Frankenstein," but a much more tempered madman who provides less obvious hints as to his insanity. The story begins with Edward Parker (Richard Arlen) being rescued from the sea by the ship Covena, which is delivering animals in cages to Dr. Moreau's Island. After a fight with the ship's captain, Parker ends up on the island, where the good doctor takes his visitor into his home, after using his whip to scare away man-like creatures in the jungle. On his island retreat, Moreau has been experimenting with turning animals into creatures capable of speaking. With Parker on the island Moreau can find out if Lota (Kathleen Burke), who has been evolved from a panther, can bear a child. But when Parker discovers Moreau in his "house of pain," doing vivisection, the horrible truth of what is happening on the island comes out. Meanwhile, Parker's fiancé, Ruth (Leila Hyams), arrives looking for her beloved. One of the most fascinating parts of this nightmarish film is how Moreau plays god with not only the bodies but also the minds of his creation. He has taught them "the law," which is not to walk on all fours and not to spill blood. As Bela Lugosi, playing the Sayer of the Law solemnly asks: "Are we not men?" It is when the animal-men come to a different answer to that question that "Island of Lost Souls" proves itself to be one of the best horror films of the 1930s. Director Erle C. Kenton does the most with the atmospheric setting, giving Laughton a perfect stage for his mad experiments. You will never recognize them, but both Buster Crabbe and Alan Ladd appear as beast men (yes, Randolph Scott is in the film, but he has a bit part as a "real" human). This story has been remade, as both uncredited versions (1959's "Terror Is a Man" and 1972's "The Twilight People") as well as under the novel's title in 1977, with Burt Lancaster as the title doctor, and again in 1996 with Marlon Brando. But with all things considered, "Island of Lost Souls" remains the best of the bunch, even though it offended the author. In fact, it was banned in England and parts of the United States (I assume because of the implied bestiality), which is always a strong recommendation that a horror film deserves to be checked out at least once."
JAMES SIMON | Fairfield,ca | 07/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I also have seen this "release date to be announced" going on the second year.Of course the second movie on this bill can be gotten on the double disc of the" House of the wax museum" with vincent price, put out by warner bros. last year.But there are many of us that would love to have the first feature.....say, I have an idea,.....why don't all of us on this web site meet at the empire state building in 2010 in anticipation of acquiring this disc!"
B. Gallagher | Chesterfield, MI United States | 05/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why does it say release date January 1, 2010? That's a typo, right? Or some kind of joke?
This is without a doubt one of the best, creepiest horror films ever made. Of all the classic horror films of the 30's, this is easily the scariest. It deserves to be treated as the first class film it is, not an after-thought.
Please tell me the 2010 release date is wrong!"
When will DVD be released?
Grizzled Vet | Howell, NJ | 10/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the Island of Lost Souls almosts 30 yrs ago on the local Creature Feature in NYC. I enjoyed it very much. Does anyone know when will this double feature DVD will be released? It's been "waiting for a release date" for the past year! Is this ever going to be released? I believe Europe already had this released some time ago."